Introduction: Women’s Scholarship Within and Outside the Academy, 1870–1960
The introduction places women historians from the 1890s until 1960 into the broader context of women’s education and advancement. It traces women’s limited education prior to 1945 and highlights the revolutionary impact of the 1958 National Defense Education Act which provided federal support to women students. Up to 1960, women students came from wealthier families, and attended women’s colleges. Few were graduate students or later taught with men. The introduction briefly captures their subjects’ careers: lacking academic posts, or the few in academia. They were apt to be writers rather than instructors, but wrote popular and incisive studies.